A Call to Heroism: Renewing America's Vision of Greatness

Peter H Gibbon (Author) Peter J. Gomes (Foreword by)


In A Call to Heroism, Peter Gibbon argues that the heroes we honor are the embodiment of the ideals that America was founded on: liberty, justice, and tolerance chief among them. Because the very concept of heroism has come under threat in our cynical media age, Gibbon believes that we must forge a new understanding of what it means to be a hero to fortify our ideals as we engage our present challenges and face those that lay ahead. Gibbon examines the types of heroes that we have celebrated throughout our history, and along the way, he contemplates the meanings of seven monuments and artworks dedicated to heroes to examine what these places and things say about the America of their time--and what they mean for Americans today.

Full of insight and inspiration, A Call to Heroism is a provocative look at a timeless subject that has never been more important.

Chapter One What Is A Hero?
A look at the essence of heroism, and how we perceive it today

Interchapter: Hall of Fame for Great Americans
A contemplation of the Hall monument, built in New York City at the end of the 19th century by architecht Stanford White, and left to decay in the 1970s. Gibbon

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Grove Press
Publish Date
August 06, 2003
5.48 X 0.78 X 8.38 inches | 0.76 pounds
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About the Author

Peter H. Gibbon is a research associate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He has traveled across the nation speaking to general audiences, to state and national education associations, and to students at more than 150 schools in twenty states about heroism and heroic ideals for the twenty-first century.

Peter J. Gomes has been minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church, and serves as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. An American Baptist minister, he was named one of America's top preachers by Time magazine. He is the recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.


"Conveys Gibbon's strong sense of civic duty and earnest desire for a return to values he sees as absent from the country's collective psyche. His notions are admirable."